(noun) The process by which an individual or group controls access to goods and services but particularly to information and people with power.


  • Administrative assistants limiting who speaks with decision-makers.
  • Restricting access to information such as news by controlling who sees it and what is covered by an editor or government.

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  • Plural: gatekeepings
  • Gatekeepers are common in hierarchies such as bureaucracies, and their power is often greater than their formally recognized authority.
  • In qualitative research, particularly ethnographic research, a (noun) gatekeeper (also called key informant) helps facilitate access to a group of people or a locale.

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